| High-flying Lloyd Harris surges into Dubai quarter-finals

Lloyd Harris. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Lloyd Harris. (Picture by Francois Nel/Getty Photos)

South Africa’s Lloyd Harris persevered his gorgeous originate on the Dubai Championships with a straight devices bewitch over Serbian 14th seed Filip Krajinovic on Wednesday.

Harris, the area No 81, won 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 in a single hour and 32 minutes to position up a quarter-closing duel with Japan’s Kei Nishikori.

The 24-12 months-comparable old Capetonian modified into a fracture down in the predominant position but broke back to force a tie-fracture, wherein he overcame a 3-0 deficit to purchase the predominant position.

The South African modified into dominant on wait on for the relaxation of the match, and after breaking Krajinovic throughout the second position, he cruised dwelling. Harris serves 13 aces in comparison with his opponent’s three.

On Tuesday, Harris made headlines when he disturbed high seed and world No 4 Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-4 to claim his first bewitch over a player ranked in the high 5 of the ATP rankings.

Stunning closing week, Harris claimed his first high 20 bewitch when he took out three-time Enormous Slam champion Stan Wawrinka on the Qatar Launch.

Harris, who needed to bewitch two matches in qualifying to attain the Dubai basic draw, beat Australian Christopher O’Connell 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-1 in the predominant round on Monday.

He now faces Nishikori, the brand new world No 41, for a area in the closing four. The Jap star is a broken-down US Launch finalist and has been ranked as high as No 4 in the area.

This might occasionally be Harris and Nishikori’s first assembly on the ATP Tour.

2021 Dubai quarter-finals…

???? Harris v Nishikori ????

???? Shapovalov v Chardy ????

???? Karatsev v Sinner ????

???? Fucsovics v Rublev ????

Score your closing four ??

— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) March 17, 2021

Dubai ATP results on Wednesday (x denotes seeding):

Third round

Lloyd Harris (RSA) bt Filip Krajinovic (SRB x14) 7-6 (7/5), 6-4

Kei Nishikori (JPN) bt Aljaz Bedene (SLO) 6-4, 6-4

Denis Shapovalov (CAN x3) bt Hubert Hurkacz (POL x13) 6-4, 6-3

Jeremy Chardy (FRA) bt Karen Khachanov (RUS x8) 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 6-4

Aslan Karatsev (RUS) bt Lorenzo Sonego (ITA x17) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Jannik Sinner (ITA x16) bt Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP x4) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) bt Dusan Lajovic (SRB x11) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4

Andrey Rublev (RUS x2) bt Taylor Fritz (USA x15) 6-3, 6-1

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